LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team will resume dual-meet action by facing Western Athletic Conference foe Northern Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the NM State Natatorium indoor pool.
The meet is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. (MT) start and is free to the public. Although the meet officially begins at 11:30, the 3-meter diving event will actually begin at 10:00 a.m. due to time restraints from all events being run at the indoor pool.
The Aggies are 1-1 in dual meets this season and are coming off a very productive fourth-place showing at the Phil Hansel Invitational, hosted by the University of Houston, in November.
“This is a very busy time of the year for the team and getting into a rhythm with training is always challenging with Thanksgiving last week and finals coming up,” Aggie head coach Rick Pratt said. “Our team has done a great job and we've been pushing things to the limit. Coming off of a successful invite helps and I think we should see some great swims this Saturday.”
NM State was led by junior Jessica Legge and senior Terrin Seaver while in Houston. Legge brought home the title in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:16.17. Her winning time is the fastest in the WAC thus far this season for the event and is also the third-fastest time in the Aggie record books.
Seaver, meanwhile, had two conference-best swims at the Phil Hansel. Her time of 55.58 in the 100 fly and 1:59.32 in the 200 back are both fastest among WAC swimmers this season. The times are also fourth and third-best respectively in NM State history for the events.
In all, the Aggies had 12 individual swims in Houston that were good enough to land them in the top 5 fastest swims in Aggie history for that particular event. Legge and Seaver each had four of those swims.
Northern Arizona comes to Las Cruces with a 3-1 dual-meet record. The Lumberjacks beat New Mexico, Idaho and Northern Colorado before narrowly falling to Colorado State, 152-148, during their last dual meet. The team was split the last time it saw action with the swimmers competing at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., while the divers participated in the Wildcat Diving Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona.
“NAU is one of the top teams in the WAC and for us a big rival,” Pratt said. “They have a lot of depth and some real tough swimmers along with strong divers.”
This will be the last time Aggie fans will be able to see the swimming and diving squad before the end of the calendar year as Saturday’s meet is the last one of the fall semester. NM State will not return to action until the first week of January when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to compete against Arizona and Oregon State.
“This will be a great challenge and we need to swim with passion and focus this weekend,” Pratt said. “Competing at home is certainly a plus and we're hoping for some great local support.”
The meet is scheduled to have a total of 16 events including 12 individual swimming events, two relays and two diving events. Final Aggie team and individual results will be available at NMStateSports.com following Saturday’s meet.
EVENT SCHEDULE (ALL EVENTS AT INDOOR POOL)
3-meter diving (10 a.m.)
200 medley relay
10 minute break
400 free relay